The Imagined Island: History, Identity, and Utopia in Hispaniola (Latin America in Translation/en Traducción/em Tradução)

The Imagined Island History Identity and Utopia in Hispaniola Latin America in Translation en Traducci n em Tradu o In a landmark study of history power and identity in the Caribbean Pedro L San Miguel examines the historiography of Hispaniola the West Indian island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic He

  • Title: The Imagined Island: History, Identity, and Utopia in Hispaniola (Latin America in Translation/en Traducción/em Tradução)
  • Author: Pedro L. San Miguel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In a landmark study of history, power, and identity in the Caribbean, Pedro L San Miguel examines the historiography of Hispaniola, the West Indian island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic He argues that the national identities of and often the tense relations between citizens of these two nations are the result of imaginary contrasts between the two nations dIn a landmark study of history, power, and identity in the Caribbean, Pedro L San Miguel examines the historiography of Hispaniola, the West Indian island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic He argues that the national identities of and often the tense relations between citizens of these two nations are the result of imaginary contrasts between the two nations drawn by historians, intellectuals, and writers Covering five centuries and key intellectual figures from each country, San Miguel bridges literature, history, and ethnography to locate the origins of racial, ethnic, and national identity on the island He finds that Haiti was often portrayed by Dominicans as the other first as a utopian slave society, then as a barbaric state and enemy to the Dominican Republic Although most of the Dominican population is mulatto and black, Dominican citizens tended to emphasize their Spanish white roots, essentially silencing the political voice of the Dominican majority, San Miguel argues This pioneering work in Caribbean and Latin American historiography, originally published in Puerto Rico in 1997, is now available in English for the first time.

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